Post by becdecorbin on Dec 25, 2013 20:36:11 GMT -5
Saber Tooth Tiger. The first kit of its kind where I experimented with putty. circa 1979. STT comes with an inexplicable hole in his chest and no back to his throat. I got the bright idea to create a pallet, but in doing so, I broke off part of the tiger's tongue.
Well, the hole in his chest was filled regardless of any other damage and I held onto STT because most of the others of his vintage has been sneakily thrown into the trash. Later, he got a bath in brake fluid in the 90s to lose his original paint job.
Prices online for a replacement tiger and costs at model shows were prohibitive. I held onto STT like I had no other kit. He was small enough to hide and carry around from move to move.
It was only very recently when I got back into finishing this kit. I bought a replacement two years ago, but I worked with the old tiger, broken tongue and all. A difficult kit to pose. Blame Aurora. STT's legs come off when they're in fairly realistic poses and I never had the heart to cement them in place.
His head really should have been a separate entity. I thought of using stretched clear plastic sprue for whiskers, but decided against over-detailing.
With a lull in work and a new air compressor, I got back to work. He still isn't finished. But he's close enough to upload a photo or two.
Freak Flex Rotten Tooth Tan is his basic body color.
Post by becdecorbin on Dec 26, 2013 8:33:34 GMT -5
I considered that too. But given the general gory nature of the kits (Rhino torn open, snake swallowing a lizard, gashed wing on flying reptile, heavily-scarred Neanderthal, and even some flesh wounds on the tiger himself) it's too odd that a puncture hole wasn't made to look bloody with drips and matted fur.
I think the saber tooth cat is a perfect candidate to taxidermy glass eyes. You can look them up on line; they come in different sizes (mm), colors and pupil shapes. Shane Foulks put them in his display dinosaurs and it really made them pop except for the plesiosaur which looked really cockeyed because its eyes were on the top of its head. I'm not sure but I think you may be able to order his dinosaurs with glass eyes or at least have him include them with the casting and you would have to install them. Have you ever seen stuffed animals at a museum or hunting/fishing shop? Remember how lifelike they looked? Now imagine them with painted eyes and how fake they would look. Even at 1/13th scale it still works well; at least for the cat. I don’t think it would work for the cave bear or the mammoth since the pupils fill the entire eye. but the dinosaurs could use them. I’m betting it would really make the cave men look awesome too. just a thought.